Finishing With Fire At The Fox

2.26.11 (Michael Stein)

Trey played a smashing finale of his cross-country solo tour at Oakland’s Fox Theatre on Saturday night, bidding the road adieu with a scorching second set that concluded another well-received tour. In a tale of two halves, the electric set provided consistent fire from Big Red and his entourage ignited the audience with a set containing no discernible lulls. However, in a complete juxtaposition, Trey barely drew attention from from the crowd until the full band emerged to backed his acoustic efforts for “Heavy Things.” Once his band got behind his acoustic efforts—a rarity in Trey’s career—it became wholly apparent that this set-up should have comprised the entire opening half of the show. When “Heavy Things” started, the oversold Fox Theatre transformed from an annoyingly-crowded and over-sized cocktail party into a focused concert. Concluding the short, full-band, acoustic portion of the set with tour staples “Liquid Time,” and “Hey Ya!,” the night ignited in earnest with the set’s closing “Push On Til the Day.” A densely grooving rendition of the early-TAB classic set the show afire just before the lights came on (another odd nuance to this tour’s set structure.)

2.25.11 (M.Stein)

But the story of the show—as was the case for each night of this tour—unfolded in the second set. Without varying his setlist choices from his other shows, Trey’s band played crisply through a set of high-octane, dance-floor, fun. From the candy grooves of “Jibboo” to the funk of  “Cayman Review” and the uplifting melodic spiral of “Valentine,” Trey packed a wallop with each piece at the beginning of the set . The centerpiece of the show, however, came in the cerebral psychedelia of “Plasma.” A song that has been revived over this tour outshone any other piece in Oakland with legitimate whole-band improv. And its energy spilled directly into the popping jazz of Page’s “Magilla” and the island vibrations of Toots and the Maytals’ “Sweet and Dandy.” But after this lighter interlude, Trey and his band kicked down the most sinister portion of the show in ferocious “Sand” followed by “Clint Eastwood.” Migrating from full-on to laid back grooves over the two dark-themed pieces, TAB crafted the other improvisational beast of the show in “Sand,” with a pimped out cool down in The Gorillaz cover.

2.26.11 (M.Stein)

The final segment of the show was laced with Phish songs, as Trey closed the set with “Ocelot,” “Show of Life,” and “First Tube.” While the second two are songs that started in Trey’s side project and jumped to Phish, “Ocelot” is the first song to be debuted by Phish and brought into regular TAB rotation; a standout all tour long. Held down by the butter-smooth pocket of bass stalwart, Tony Markelis, this song translates better in TAB—with a full horn arrangement—than it does in Phish, where the song has remained painfully one dimensional. In fact a similar phenomenon took place in the blues-based “Alaska,” where the slower tempo and thicker groove coaxed far more dynamic playing from Trey than the Phish’s loafing rhythms. “Show of Life,” a song that has become a big-stage mainstay, has stuck around the solo circuit to slay TAB shows with its late-set catharsis.

2.25.11 (M.Stein)

Punctuating the night with a scintillating “Black Dog” encore, Trey and Jen Hartswick undertook musical relations as his guitar and her vocal solo merged in a mind-numbing hard-rock convergence. Trey dug into the Zeppelin cover with extra gusto as the last song of his tour, drawing a massive ovation from the adoring Bay Arena audience. In a fine ride through and through, and a great summation of their winter tour, TAB smacked down a fierce tour closer that illustrated the current strength of all things Trey. And with summer tour on the distant horizon, that couldn’t be more encouraging.

I: NICU, Backwards Down the Number Line, Limb By Limb, Down with Disease, Theme From the Bottom, The Wedge, Strange Design, Bathtub Gin, Let Me Lie*, Heavy Things**, Liquid Time**, Hey Ya!**, Push On ‘Til the Day^

II: Gotta Jibboo, Cayman Review, Alaska,Valentine, Plasma, Magilla, Sweet and Dandy, Sand, Clint Eastwood, Sultans of Swing, Ocelot, Show of Life, First Tube

E: Black Dog

* with Jen and Natalie, ** full band, acoustic, ^full band, electric


3.5.2011 - The Fox (John Florek)


3.5.2011 TAB @ The Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA

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The Fox Theatre

Here is the download of Trey’s tour closer. The setlist is above.



Sand,” “Clint Eastwood


Source: Schoeps mk41>kc5>cmc6>sonosax sx-m2>sound devices 722


Jam of the Day:

Theme From the Bottom” 6.7.95

An out-of-character “Theme” stemming from the dark sonic brew of Summer ’95.

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488 Responses to “Finishing With Fire At The Fox”

  1. phoammhead Says:

    sweet! bek got the following for us

    blossom pavs sec 32, row c (not great, but we’ll take ’em)

    alpharetta1 – PITS!

    alpharetta2 – sec 104, row j in the middle of the section!

    raleigh lawns – oh well


  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    On a cool June night
    when there’s no direct sight
    of the huge line of cars
    stuck in the lot on the right

    I can smell the n00bs
    out here on the lawn
    the slope-y green enbankment
    that I don’t want to tread on

    and the molly ridden masses
    surrounding my crew
    I get so overwhelmed
    by all of these douches

    fuckin’ ptbm. lawnboying me at great woods ::grumble grumble:: 😡

  3. willowed Says:

    Hey, you can stand next to me TIII

  4. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Willowed- What Leg 1 shows will you be funky chickening at?

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    burble and I both got pairs inside, now just looking to upgrade. my shows will be limited this summer so I want to make the best of it. who am I kidding. I’ll have a blast no matter where I am in the venue!

    but yeah, you’re cool. you can stand near me. maybe not next to me, but near me. I caught an elbow or two the last time. buy some elbow pads, yo! :mrgreen:

  6. Jtran Says:

    Confirmed idiot status.

    It reads “SEC10”

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    so i don’t feel like goign back to read all the “i have a hold for..” or “got half my order filled..” so please summarize, how are the BB’ers coming out over all so far?

    is the Tahoe rumor for real?

    i’m officially over Charlie Sheen, particulary since he bashed Stern.

  8. cal Says:

    Oh shit, the dismissal of lawn-dwellers as n00bs begins again…

    JK, that was hilarious TIII. But I stand by my instinct for finding a sweet spot on any lawn. It’s especially nice when a bunch of BBers can create a sizable oasis there and repel talkers and wastoids with our minds.

  9. willowed Says:


    I think that’s it for now Spasm.

    Come on Festi!!!

  10. willowed Says:

    I am dropping these lawns so fast.

    Ticket Master here I come.

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    @telas…lots of nice scores around here today. Makes me wish I’d gotten my request in.

  12. Saw it Again Says:

    I know it’s early – but I may be looking to trade my reserved tic for Sunday the 12th at MPP for a lawn.

  13. DukeOfLizards Says:

    As long as the sound is decent and the slope manageable (eg, at Camden), I have no problem boogying down on the lawn.

  14. Kaveh Says:

    @Saw It Again: Hit up @Miner…I think he was looking for a pavilion for one of those two nights. Check this posting a couple of pages back.

  15. plord Says:

    How’s the lawn at Darien, anybody know? Mostly if it’s flatter than Shoreline I’m good.

    Why don’t more lawns have Terraces like the Gorge? I mean, those spots are perfect.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I actually don’t mind the lawn at great woods.
    but I like the pav a hell of a lot better.

  17. pagesidehighschool Says:

    the pshs lawn at GW is my home turf. i wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world during a concert. send em my way boys, need two, one for me one for the little lady.

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    what’s the dealio with BTB fest2?

  19. EL Duderino Says:

    Charlie sheen has been officially fired from 2 1/2 Men

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    got raleigh, pnc1 lawn.

    cincy sec 800
    pnc 2 sec 403 for sale / trade

  21. pagesidehighschool Says:

    el dude is watching PTI?, so is me

  22. Kaveh Says:

    @Miner: How many for Cincy? Thanks.

  23. Jtran Says:


    BTB made a poster for it. It’s on, you can camp at his property (I believe).

  24. Mr. Palmer Says:

    that was anti-climatic
    Bethel – lawn

    pnc 1- sec 303

    pnc 2 – lawn

  25. Saw it Again Says:

    looks like Mr.M already has pav for 6/12. So far none of my friends have gotten squat for MPP except for lawns so barring any changes I will probably look to trade my pav for lawn on 6/12. I’ll post after public sale.

    ‘sides i’m getting too old for the pit! specially if it is 99 degrees again!

    Sun Jun 12 2011 07:00 PM Phish, Merriweather Post Pavilion

    Number of tickets: 1, RESERVED
    Seat Locations: Section RIGHT LOGE, Row T, Seats (232)
    Ticket Delivery: UPS Expedited

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